MAGNETIC PODCAST and INTERVIEW: Ricoshëi

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After chatting with Ricoshëi for a bit it's easy to see why they make music, it's all about their passion for the craft and the freedom of expression. The duo have built up a reputation for producing sultry tracks that reflect their ethos of just doing what feels right to them in the moment. And their pretty much on point as their music gives them the ability to connect with a wide range of diverse fans from the underground to the main stage. Their hybrid sets have allowed them to stand out in a saturated industry of performing artists and it's clear that they are musicians, first and foremost.

The podcast they've shared with us is filled with numerous edits that showcase the Ricoshëi sound. We got a chance to ask them about their recent work that's presented in the set, what influences them to create and how they describe their music.

Magnetic Magazine Podcast: Ricoshëi by Magnetic Magazine on Mixcloud

Magnetic: Tell me about the music we hear in this mix.

Ricoshei: In addition to all the editing/looping/sampling/effects you'll hear, almost every song has been given a fresh breath of instrumentation with the likes of a Nord Stage 2, Moog Sub Phatty, Waldorf Blofeld desktop synth and some other hardware/software combos like the Maschine Studio and Reaktor which we also happen to use a lot on stage.  In terms of aesthetic and track listing, we begin to set the tone with an electronica song by Kalipo - ‘Mäusemarsch’, then move onto an etherial-yet-minimal tip with Frank & Tony feat. Gry - ‘Bring the Sun’, a Bruno Pronsato remix of Tiefschwarz - ‘Great Plains’, and the DJ Koze bomber, ‘XTC’ . We then turn on party mode with an oldie-but-goodie remix of Dennis Ferrer - ‘Son of Raw’ by Loco Dice, and the Art Alfie remix of Scuba - ‘Drift’. We transition the Nail remix of Jay Haze f. Tyler - ‘Redefine to Deepness’ into one of our favorite songs of the year: the single off St. Germain’s October 9th album of the same name - ‘Real Blues’ (Parlophone Records). We shift gears again but keep the lush sunshine vibes going with David Keno & Mat.Joe f. Shamoozey’ - Early Morning’. Next comes an edit we did by taking quotes from Beethoven, Leopold Stokowski, Charlie Parker, Kurt Cobain, Mozart, Billy Joel, Louis Armstrong, and Stevie Wonder, and vocoding them on top of Groj - ‘Disco Soleil’. The atmospheric, rhythmic, and even hypnotizing Patrice Bäumel mix of Blond:ish - ‘Endless Games’ leads into the closing song. We ended it by doing an edit/mashup of Someone Else’s remix of Pepe Mateos - ‘Hard Money’, and Tom Odell - ‘Another Love’. Because of all the ongoing instrumentation throughout the mix, there is a subtle parallel to the hybrid sets that we perform live sometimes.

Your music production consists of a variety of style and genres, what are some of your influences?

We try to include as wide a variety of elements in our productions as we possibly can. Many times the line or area between what is considered pop and/or underground music is very fine and at times blurry and quite frankly, at this moment we like to stay smack in the middle of that. We will drift to either side accordingly with time and as we please. A lot of our inspiration comes from classic rock albums and songs from artists such as Alan Parsons and Peter Gabriel or bands like Talking Heads and The Beatles. Much of the electronic or synthetic aspects of our music are heavily influenced by underground and/or established acts from past and recent times alike. Kraftwerk, St. Germain, Daft Punk, Matthew Herbert, Lawrence, are just a few of these. Beyond that, countless other artists have had a profound effect on our careers such as; J Dilla, Sixto Rodriguez, Arthur Russel, Jeff Buckley, Townes Van Zandt, Nina Simone, Nirvana, NIN, and the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson. The list could go on and on to be honest! Some contemporary artists and in some cases, friends who’s crafts we respect and admire are: Caribou, Dj Koze, Jamie XX, Matthew Dear, and Flying Lotus. We recently started getting really deep into Thundercat. His new album is fire.

How would you best describe your music?

Well first and foremost, we think music should be defined by the listener and not so much by the composer(s) or creator(s). But with that said, we try to make emotive music without invisible limitations. Music free of borders. Music that could possibly defy time and potentially help people long after we’re gone.
We are trying to build an honest and descriptive music catalog that isn’t easily categorized. There is always a message in every song we make. Every time. Even in instrumentals. The interpretation of those messages and the relationship between the song and every individual is completely dependent upon the unique experience that every listener goes through when they listen to the song for the first time.

What are you currently working on? What can fans expect in the future?

We’ve got a new single coming out on our own label “What’s That?” at the end of October. It’s called 'Cowboy Trick' and it’s heavily influenced by the music of western movies a-la Ennio Morricone, the deserts that surround us such as Joshua Tree and Mojave and the coyotes we hear at night in our homes within the hills of Los Angeles on a daily basis. It’s an instrumental dance-floor cut like nothing else we’ve ever done before. Very film-score-like. Lots of slide guitars and weird elements that you haven’t heard on our other records.  Our debut album has also been in the works for many months now, but keeping up with that project has proven to be tough with our touring schedule and all of the other things we’ve got going on. But it’s coming… Slowly but surely. For people who need an immediate fix, we just released a song (a couple weeks ago) for free download exclusively through Mixmag. Head over to Mixmag.net and download it. It’s called “Last Night Out”.